Ayshia Stephenson's Play Premieres in NYC

Communication doctoral student Ayshia Stephenson's short play Venus Hottentot had its Off-Broadway debut in July at the Midtown International Theatre Festival. Produced at the Jewel Box Theater on West 36th St. in Manhattan, Stephenson's tragicomedy brought the story of Saartjie Baartman to the 21st century. The show featured a cast made up entirely of UMass Amherst students, including Talya Sogoba (Journalism), Callum LaFrance (Theater), and Leah Mertes (Communication). Click here for two photos.